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11-09-2009 @ 2:36PM
Most players don't really seem to realize what's going on :)Here's the thing. WoW is based on subscriptions; someone has to not only buy the game (which is normal) but someone has to keep paying every month (which is not normal). Eventually, people get bored of paying every month, or at least, paying for the same game every month. And then they leave. Well -- when enough people leave, Blizzard will no longer have a reason to support WoW so heavily. Oh sure, they'll keep supporting it till it no longer makes money. But they'll cut back on staff long before that. In short -- Wow WILL end, someday :pBlizzard is already preparing for this. That is why they sent the senior designer to start working on another MMO. In all honesty, I would be shocked if Catacylysm has more subscribers that WOTLK. Not because the game is worse; but just because the game is OLD. It's basically the same dog and pony we've been playing now for years. Raid this, quest that, pvp here and there. Get new gear, level up skills, buy mats on the AH. You can throw up all the smoke and mirrors you want, with new patches, fresh coats of paint to make everything seem new. But deep down underneath, we're still playing the same game. And yeah, that gets old.Which brings me to the final point. What Blizzard is doing with all these 'changes', is basically trying to keep the game from getting old too fast. Race, faction, pvp server changes. Easing the leveling process, etc. All these things are designed to retain players who were already on their way out. 'oh wait. no, don't leave! you can change to horde now!' If cataclysm seems like a fan service... reworked azeroth, flying mounts in old zones, new race/class combos, new races... it's because, well, it is a fan service :p It's their evil plot to keep us playing just one more year or two, even though we've already been there, seen that.Anyway, microtransactions are going to go all the way eventually. Actually, it makes more sense for Blizzard to be selling gold, than for gold farmers to be selling gold. So don't be shocked if at some point it happens. But do understand the reason behind these things. Many of the complaints say, 'oh this is killing wow!' No. WoW has been dying ever since Burning Crusade. Many people already realized this and moved on; those of us who stayed -- we are only staying because of Blizzard's stunts. like 'what will they do next' type of thing. If Blizzard didn't introduce these microtransactions, and other similar things, most of you wouldn't even be reading this.
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